Maybe I’ll explode into rainbows for real. Who knows. -nods- It does. I mean, if half of the things that happened didn’t happen, we wouldn’t be who we are right now! -snorts- It’s no problem. We better make sure she doesn’t hear then, right? -taps his chin- A few years ago, I think. Maybe when I was twelve or thirteen?
(cackles loudly) Wow, that’d be wonderful to see! (nods) Exactly, and we’re pretty damn awesome, so there’s that. (looks behind his shoulder) Yeah, let us do that. I like my body untainted and without bruises. (snaps fingers) So about the same time! I think Abel’s started a bit later than that, though.
Why should I be thankful though? -shrugs and smiles a little- It’s whatever, I guess. I can’t really do anything to change the past, right? Thanks, Al. Yeah, yeah. I guess you are! -nods slowly and makes a face- Ah…ha. I see. -waves a hand- No, no. I got what you meant, by the way. Just humans. Got it. -frowns a little and makes a face- I think I…nevermind. -hides his face in his hands and groans- Oh, gross, Al! Come on, I don’t want to hear about that! -lowers his hands and nods slowly- I can see why.
Because… I think, somehow it makes you see things differently. Especially when your curse is lifted, you become quite the optimist—although you already are, so imagine how good you’ll feel when yours is lifted! (scrunches up nose) Yeah, I see. The past builds a man, so let’s just roll with it. You’re welcome, brother. (chuckles) Sorry, that was a lot of unnecessary details, I keep doing that. Abs would kick me if she heard. (heaves a sigh) Mhm, well, none of our curses are funny, and they start kinda early… right? When did yours start?
-rolls his eyes- I don’t know whether to thank them or hate them even more! -makes a face- Calm? On the surface, maybe. Do you even know…What I just felt like before I realized that I was…-frowns- I felt like I didn’t even belong in the cabin because I’m not anything. -tilts his head and his eyes widen- So you actually dated guys before you dated Abby? I mean, just asking. -nods slowly- Alright, good. -eyes widen- They didn’t. Oh but they…-frowns- Hm..
I’d say a lot of hate but a bit of thankfulness sounds about right. (tilts head, frowning) That you were…? (sighs) I’m sorry to hear that, Len, and it might be a bit late but you do have your place in this cabin as much as everyone else. It’s important to have diversity, because hey, nobody’s equal in love, am I right? (nods, smiling) Mhm, I did. Well, just Dag, actually, as I didn’t date anyone before him. But with that curse, I banged pretty much everyone and everything. (blemishes and adds precipitately) That was human… and alive. Just so we’re clear. Then people tend to think I’m straight because I’m all installed with a woman, but that’s just… (gestures hands) You know? I mean if they only knew what happens when Abs gets genderswapped by those magic things! (grins nastily, then heaves a sigh) Anyway, yeah, that curse. It wasn’t fun. I’m glad it’s in the past.
8. Your muse catching mine dancing and singing badly to Christmas songs a month too early.
The youngest son of Eros had practically hit the floor in an attempt to duck out of the way when the shout of laughter echoed from the Iris Message he hadn’t noticed until that moment. It was bad enough that he was practically screaming the lyrics to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But he didn’t exactly have the singing voice of an angel.
That would explain why Alban was currently almost doubled over laughing in the Iris Message as River rose to his feet and glared at him. “Not funny, Alban!” “Oh but it was so funny, I wish I’d had a camera to record it,” he laughed. “Alban, tell your brother he’s tone deaf.” “River, Abby says you’re tone deaf.” “Wow, you can both go fuck off!” And he heard the girl in the other room on the Iris Message burst out laughing and he just waved the message away.
I will! -tilts his head and wrinkles his nose- That sort of makes sense. Thinking about it that way. -sighs- Why couldn’t I be afraid of something else? -stares for a second- Coming out as in…? -snorts- Yeah, maybe you should warn people before you try to tell their children about it. -frowns- Seriously? You mean that you…and they just…-frowns even more-
(nods, squinting) Doesn’t it? So somehow the job is tough on purpose, it’s all tailored to suit us. (shakes head) Don’t think like that, it could have been something more physically scarring. I mean, yours seems to be sort of… calm? From the outside, at least, so you’ve got some sort of respite. (shrugs, smiling a little) Coming out as in coming out. Taking people one by one telling them stuff—reminds me that first time. I knew someone before Abby, and even though mom already knew him and everything, as in she fucking knew something was up way before I did, it felt so stressful to go to her and say “so hey mom I might be dating someone?”, you know what I mean? (makes a face) Nah, it’s fine, I don’t intend on telling any children about that, believe me! (purses lips and nods) Yeah, although they didn’t “just”, sadly. It’s an awfully long story, and not the bedtime kind.
-he frowns- Whoa. Now that’s— How did you… take care of it?
(frowns) Well… Same as you, I guess? I found someone who turned the tables. Since the whole deal was people wanting to bang me and me hating that, once I got to find someone who wanted more of me than just that, and that I in turn actually really wanted, you know, it just… (nods) Yeah. The magic of making love versus being banged, pretty much.
-snorts- I’ll keep that in mind for next time. -smiles a little- Really? Well…I think I’d rather deal with that anyway than with this. I just don’t know yet. -tilts his head- Okay so…I know we’re all different. So…what’s your deal.
Make sure you do, yeah. (nods hastily) Oooh yeah, yeah, totally. I think those first curses we have sort of reflect something about us somehow, you know? Like something we’d be scared of, even before we know about it. As in, maybe Abel was always a bit afraid to grow a huge ego, then next thing he knows, bam! Narcissus! (blinks, keeping silent for a second before breaking into a small smile) Ha, it feels like coming out all over again. I’m just explaining my deal to Abel, too. (throws arms in the air) Gather ‘round, children, uncle Alban is about to tell you a story! (chuckles) Although, I shouldn’t let kids hear about that. (scrunches up nose) My deal was I made people horny. It took them being around me for a while at first, then escalated until I couldn’t touch anyone, or else… (nods, pursing lips)